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Jack Straw: “International community should accept the division in Cyprus”

Jack Straw

UK Former Foreign Affairs Minister Jack Straw called on the international community to accept the division in Cyprus, so that the two communities in Cyprus could develop their relations. Straw gave an interview to Anadolu Agency (AA) and said “If a bi-zonal, bi-communal, happy and united island is possible, it will be the best solution” when he was reminded of the problems faced in the negotiation process. Stating that, however, especially the Greek Cypriot side did not want to accept this, which was observed 10 years ago in the referendum for Annan Plan,  StrawRead More

RoC sole owner of the island?


President Derviş Eroğlu pointed out that the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades wrongly assumes the Greek Cypriot side as the sole owner of the island and sovereignty only belonged to them and added: “If it was the case there wouldn’t be any need for negotiations”. Eroğlu indicated that the reason of the dilemma Anastasiades faced recently can be explained by his unwillingness to start the give-and-take process in the negotiations and lack of political will in reaching a comprehensive settlement. Eroğlu said that from now on the international community isRead More

Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted to the decision of the Greek Cypriot side not to participate in the Talks of the UN negotiation process

Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted to the decision of the Greek Cypriot side not to participate in the talks of the UN negotiation process which resumed on 11 February 2014. In the Ministry’s statement it was stressed that  the Cyprus problem cannot be settled only through the  efforts of the Turkish Cypriot side and guarantor Turkey. It is also said in the statement that, “The attempts of the Greek Cypriot Administration to unilaterally make use of the natural resources of the Island, motivated by the illusion that it is the soleRead More

Random Ramblings

Thank-you, Nicos Anastasiades, for the best Bayram present EVER! On 7th October (the last day of the four day Islamic Kurban Bayram – Feast of the Sacrifice), the Greek Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiades, gave the TRNC president, Derviş Eroğlu, the best Bayram present EVER!  He threw all of his toys out of his pram, and then withdrew himself and the rest of the Greek Cypriot team from the Cyprus ”peace” talks! If President Eroğlu were a Christian, and it was December 25th, he would be able to proclaim “yes, Virginia,Read More

Nami takes part in a panel discussion at Yale University


Last Tuesday, Foreign Minister Özdil Nami spoke at a panel discussion organized by Turkish students of Yale University. Minister Nami, who is the first Turkish Cypriot Minister to speak at Yale University, made a presentation about the Cyprus issue and answered the questions of students and academicians. During his speech, Nami emphasized that the Cyprus issue has been one of the oldest agenda items of the United Nations and expressed that since the start of negations in 1968, numerous rounds of talks have been held to find a mutually acceptableRead More

Ozdil Nami expresses his views and concerns via The Washington Times


Özdil Nami – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Dear Reader, I would like to provide you with information regarding the on-going negotiation process in Cyprus between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides and also provide general information about our country. In order to fully comprehend the reasons behind the Cyprus problem and the negotiation process to find a lasting settlement, it is necessary to have an understanding about the genesis of the problem. The Republic of Cyprus was founded in 1960 in accordance with international treaties. The Turkish Cypriot andRead More

Restoration of Apostolos Andreas Monastery has started

It was stated that restoration of Apostolos Andreas Monastery and the buildings around the monastery has started. Following transportation of icons into the monastery, the main building of the church was closed to visitors, and the monastery has been delivered to the Turkish-Greek partnership contracting company which will restore the church. Restoration project of Apostolos Andreas Monastery was prepared by Patras University in Greece. The restoration of the Apostolos Andreas Monastery will be realized in 3 stages and completed on 30 April 2016. A temporary church is built close toRead More

Moody’s makes negative evaluations on the Greek Cypriot Banking System 

Moody’s, the international credit rating agency, once again made negative evaluations on the Greek Cypriot banking system. Greek Cypriot daily Haravgi reported that the ageny expects an increase in the number of problem loans within 12-18 months, which in turn will exacerbate losses and erode banks’ capital. Furthermore, Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros reported that, based on the data of Greek Cypriot Statistics Department, the rate of those who are under the threat of poverty or social discrimination increased 4.5% within 5 years. The newspaper underlined that this rate, which was 23.3%Read More

Political crisis can arise in South Cyprus because of economic situation

Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros reported that  relations between Greek Cypriot administration and opposition parties are getting  tense because of the worsening  economic situation in South Cyprus and a political crisis can arise at any moment. Pointing to the bad relations between the sides at present, the newspaper reported that all the signs are indicating that a big conflict is approaching  with  consequences that is hard to estimate. It also reported  that the conflict between the administration  and the opposition concerning the law on the sales of mortgaged properties might bringRead More